SEA Eagles coach Geoff Toovey has warned his players they are on notice following Saturday’s 29-16 loss to the Canberra Raiders on Saturday in Albury.
He will make a decision on any changes to his side for Saturday night’s game against the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium after video analysis of the weekend.
But there are not likely to be major changes the side with the club’s current injury crisis limiting Toovey’s options.
“We had plenty of opportunities but just didn’t capitalise on them,” Toovey said.
In saying that, we just need to be better defensively.”
Making a tough situation even tougher is that Toovey expects to be without star centres Steve Matai and Jamie Lyon this week.
Matai (shoulder) and Lyon (groin) were both missing from the Raiders game, which now sees the team in the unfamiliar position of having one win after the first five rounds.
“When you are not winning and you are not playing well, everyone is on notice,” Toovey said.
“It’s always taxing, when you are not winning the first few rounds it puts pressure on you.
“We’ve been here before in this situation and managed to dig our way out of out.
“With the playing squad and the coaching staff we are a club that can do that and we will do that again.”
Backrower Jamie Buhrer sustained a slight concussion on Saturday but will be right to play the Panthers.
The positive to come out of the game was the NRL debut of Mona Vale Raiders back Tom Trbojevic who scored two tries.
“I thought he was really good, he brought some youthful enthusiasm even though we lost … and he tried his butt off,” he said.